This month, Big Sandy Community and Technical College presents a showing of Morgan County artist Elsa Isom Salyers.
Salyers who is known for her equestrian paintings, credits rural roots for her chosen subject matter, which, besides horses includes other aspects of life in East Kentucky. Salyer’s art will be on exhibit at the Prestonsburg Campus Art Gallery Feb. 15 until March 15.
“My fondest memories of childhood are picking the wildflowers, honeysuckle, holly and smelling the roses that my father always planted”, Salyers said recalling her childhood in nearby Elliott County. Even though she lives in Morgan County today, she still returns to her home county where she has a cottage and maintains a garden. The sights and sounds of Salyer’s childhood still beacon and inspire her varied artworks.
In 2010, Salyers was commissioned to create a painting for Central Bank in Lexington in honor of the Equestrian Games. Her Art work has graced many galleries and she has exhibited in local as well as national events. Ms. Salyer’s work has proven to be so popular among collectors that she currently has a two year waiting list of commissions.
A reception will be held for Ms. Salyer February 29, 6:00pm until 7:30 pm at the BSCTC Art Gallery. Students, faculty, and the general public are invited to attend the reception, where refreshments and snacks will be available.
The BSCTC Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00am until 3:00pm, and 9:00am until 12:00pm Friday. For information about this or upcoming shows contact the gallery at (606)886-3863, ext.64746.